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26 July 2005

$16K in american currency

sarah was arriving today (yay!) at 1450. she had booked a private room at a different hostel in prague. i planned to check out of my current hostel, into the new, and then meet her at the airport. packed up and stored my pack in chris' room and then went out for some breakfast. back, said my goodbyes, and i was off.

bad news upon arrival at the new hostel. a sign hanging on the front door indicated there was ongoing maintenance on the hot water system and that there most likely wouldn't be hot water for several days. blah. i spoke with the receptionist and learned that they had rooms in another building; perfect. checked in; very clean, very nice, i was excited. off to the airport on bus 119; i was a professional.

i thought about taking a picture of sarah right when she stepped through the entryway, but i know how i feel when i get off of a plane after a long flight; the last thing i want is someone standing there with a camera aimed in my direction. in retrospect, i should have taken a picture because she looked very cute and fresh when she arrived. she'd been through a lot of transport in the past 24 hours: a 3.5 hour drive from boston to burlington, vermont; hours of waiting at the burlington bus station while greyhound tried to locate a driver after the assigned driver failed to show; a bus ride up to montreal, quebec [which included a long border stop when canadian border officials discovered that two algerian passengers were carrying $16K in american currency]; a flight to paris and then a flight to prague. had i endured that much transport, i'd have been ready for the new city nap; fortunately she had been able to sleep on the plane and had still had energy in her. we returned to the hostel, dropped off her bags, and then metroed into the city center for some dinner and a long walk. so happy to have her with me.

posted by paul on Tue 26 Jul 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)


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